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Why Existential Therapy’s Time Has Come

  • 8th Oct 2019
  • Emmy van Deurzen

The practice of existential therapy has often been reserved for those ‘in the know’. But at this time of global turmoil, it may well be coming in to its own. Emmy van Deurzen, founder of the Existential Academy and editor of the new Wiley World Handbook of Existential Therapy, invites us to have our minds blown – in a good way.

How Does Poetry Therapy Work?

  • 3rd Oct 2019
  • Victoria Field

What does a poetry therapy session consist of, and what can the trained practitioner bring to the creative encounter? To mark National Poetry Day in the UK, writer and trained poetry therapist Victoria Field considers how both reading and writing poems can promote health and wellbeing – and suggests we psychotherapists pick up our pens.

Introducing CBT to Clients

  • 30th Sep 2019
  • John Ludgate

The way in which the CBT model is presented to clients is integral to positive outcomes. Ahead of an intensive two-day Psychotherapy Excellence training in November, John Ludgate, Ph.D., Founding Fellow of the Academy of Cognitive Therapy, sets out the essentials for introducing your clients to CBT.

The Psychodynamics of Dementia (5/5): Transition to nursing or palliative care

  • 27th Sep 2019
  • Esther Ramsay Jones

What therapeutic challenges and opportunities arise when a client with dementia enters nursing or palliative care? In the concluding part of her blog series coinciding with Alzheimer’s Month, psychotherapist and author Dr Esther Ramsay-Jones discusses working through this latter stage in the trajectory of dementia.

“How Can I Eat What I Want If I Want to Eat Everything?”

  • 25th Sep 2019
  • Howard Farkas

What do people who engage in emotional eating really crave? To mark the publication of his new book on the subject, clinical psychologist Howard S. Farkas, PhD, discusses the role of intuition, judgment and unconscious motivations in eating, and reveals how reframing the notion of ‘self-control’ can liberate clients to eat what they (actually) want.

The Psychodynamics of Dementia (4/5): Bereavement

  • 20th Sep 2019
  • Esther Ramsay Jones

How does grief counselling differ when the client has dementia? In the fourth part of her blog series coinciding with Alzheimer’s Month, psychotherapist and author Dr Esther Ramsay-Jones explores the experience of bereavement through the lens of dementia, including working with hallucinations, metaphor and felt-absence.

10 Things You Need to Know About Involuntary Childlessness

  • 17th Sep 2019
  • Meriel Whale

Meriel Whale specialises in counselling clients who are childless not by choice, an area of growing relevance for therapists. To mark the start of World Childless Week, she shares key insights drawn from personal experience, from the prevalence of painful triggers to the possibility for profound personal growth

The Psychodynamics of Dementia (3/5): Supporting Family Carers

  • 13th Sep 2019
  • Esther Ramsay Jones

Powerful projections, loss of recognition, longstanding relationship dynamics: caring for a family member with dementia is a complex emotional task. In the third part of her blog series coinciding with Alzheimer’s Month, psychotherapist and author Dr Esther Ramsay-Jones looks at how psychotherapy can help carers understand their own feelings, and the communications of the person with dementia

Creating a Therapy Space in Refugees’ Homes

  • 10th Sep 2019
  • Jude Boyles

What happens when the therapist becomes an invited guest? Jude Boyles is the Manager and a therapist of a Refugee Council therapy service based in South Yorkshire, offering therapy to Syrian refugees resettled via the Vulnerable Persons Resettlement Programme (VPRS). In her second occasional blog about this work, she reflects on the challenges of creating a therapy space within the client’s home

The Psychodynamics of Dementia (2/5): Living with Uncertainty

  • 6th Sep 2019
  • Esther Ramsay Jones

Helping clients to live with dementia often involves steering a path between despair, denial and early relationship dynamics. In the second part of her blog series coinciding with Alzheimer’s Month, psychotherapist and author Dr Esther Ramsay-Jones considers how therapeutic input can support people with dementia, and their partners, to sit with uncertainty.

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